EPL: Guardiola insists he is not afraid of Liverpool


Ahead of Manchester City's Premier League match against Brighton, Pep Guardiola admitted he is not trying to change anything about football in England, as all he hopes to do is be the best coach he can.

Fabian Delph - who deputised for the Frenchman last term - is also out ahead of a testing week for City, who face Hoffenheim away in the Champions League on Tuesday before travelling to Premier League title rivals Liverpool, who retained their unbeaten start with a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

Guardiola's men are in need of three points in Germany this week after losing their European opener at home to Lyon.

"He needs to go step by step, don't read too much, watch too much, train hard and his career will speak for himself", Guardiola said.

Kevin De Bruyne looks set to hand Pep Guardiola a huge boost in the Champions League after reporting back for training on Monday morning.

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And Danny Welbeck is working with this commitment, and when he is playing with a performance like today, he is helping the team. We forced a very good team into mistakes and nearly took them to penalties at the end".

"I know what they did against [Manchester] United, and against Liverpool at Anfield", he said.

Despite De Bruyne's absence City have been as strong as ever collecting 19 points from their first seven games to see them placed joint-top of the table. It's a long time ago Man City was able to win at Anfield. "No-one expects us to get anything from it, so that's normal and that pressure is taken off, but we want to do as well as we can".

"We can not forget Aleks [Zinchenko] helped us a lot last season and played really good". The France global has also been criticised for his social media use and has taken a break since being pictured at Anthony Joshua's fight in London last Saturday night, hours before his late appearance.

"Now it's Hoffenheim, and after that we are going to prepare, and after that we're going to prepare for Burnley". At the end, we're going to see what happened at the end of the season'.